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Does Auto Insurance Cover Car Theft?

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The state of Colorado has seen an alarming increase in the number of car thefts in recent years. In fact, as of 2022, it is the top state in the nation for auto theft, with over 24,000 cars already stolen in the first half of this year. If you or someone you know has been a victim of car theft, you may be wondering what to do next and if your vehicle’s insurance will reimburse you.  Why Is Car Theft on the Rise? The most likely reason that car theft is increasing is because it is more lucrative. Inflation and supply chain...

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Common Colorado Insurance Claims for Fall

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The arrival of Fall brings cooler days and a collective excitement for the upcoming holidays. Unfortunately, the drop in temperature and festive hustle-and-bustle can also result in an increase in certain types of insurance claims. Knowing the most common types of insurance claims filed in the fall can help you protect yourself against seasonal risks.  Top 4 Fall Insurance Claims in Colorado 1. Water Damage Water damage from freezing pipes is one of the most common insurance claims filed in colder weather. Inspect your plumbing system and irrigation system for signs of damage and make repairs as soon as possible. Take steps to...

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How to Get Your Pipes Ready for Winter

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Freezing pipes account for a significant percentage of homeowners insurance claims during the colder months. Preparing pipes for winter ahead of time can help you avoid the inconvenience and expense of repairs.  Are Frozen Pipes Covered by Homeowners Insurance? In many cases, yes, your homeowners insurance should cover the damage (minus your deductible) resulting from burst pipes. This scenario falls under “accidental water damage,” which is generally covered under the dwelling protection component of your policy.  That being said, there are a couple exceptions when your claim may be denied: Damage occurred due to lack of routine maintenance Just as with other areas of the...

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Phantom Vehicle Insurance Claims

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Automobiles that are responsible for causing accidents without making physical contact are known as “phantom” vehicles, and they pose a serious threat. Most drivers will, at some point, find themselves in a situation on the road where they are compelled to make a risky maneuver due to the recklessness of another driver. They may have to suddenly swerve to miss hitting another vehicle, slam on the brakes, or veer quickly to the shoulder in an attempt to avoid an accident.  Sometimes these maneuvers pay off and a serious accident is averted. Other times, the worst happens: a collision still occurs, and...

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Unfair Claims Practices in Colorado

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The Unfair Claims Practices Act is an important part of Colorado legislation that protects policyholders against deceptive behavior by their insurance company. The act outlines specific tactics that are illegal for insurers to utilize when processing a claim. An insurance denial that occurred while any such action was taking place can indicate a bad faith claim, which is grounds for legal action.  What Insurance Processing Tactics Are Illegal? Unfair insurance practices include any deliberate attempt to delay or deny a claim by means of deception, misrepresentation, or poor communication. The following scenarios are red flags and should be reported.  Frequent “Clerical Errors” Everyone makes...

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Laws for Motorcyclists in Colorado

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Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating: speeding along a scenic roadway, the wind in your hair, enjoying the sites and sounds of nature. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is also dangerous. Like bicycles, the exposed nature of the vehicle makes motorcyclists much more vulnerable when an accident occurs, no matter how minor. You can reduce your chances of being involved in a deadly crash by knowing motorcyclist laws in Colorado, as well as a few tips to keep yourself safe.  Do Motorcyclists in Colorado Have to Wear a Helmet? Although helmets have been shown to drastically reduce the risk of injury and death,...

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The Dram Shop Law in Colorado

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Third Party Liability in Drunk Driving Accidents Sadly, drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in Colorado. Impaired driving was responsible for approximately one third of all traffic fatalities in 2021, and that number continues to increase. It is fairly common knowledge that a person driving under the influence will be held responsible for a crash. He or she will not only be liable for property damage, but also any injuries or death resulting from the accident. Legal repercussions include license suspension, fines, community service, and even jail time.  What is less common knowledge is that a third...

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How to File a Roof Damage Claim

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Insurance Claims for Storm Damage If you have suffered damage to your roof from a recent storm, you will need to file a claim with your homeowners insurance company to receive funds for repairs or replacement. First, you will want to be sure there are no immediate hazards associated with the damage, such as fallen trees or downed electrical lines.  Steps to File Roof Damage Claim Once you have established that the surroundings are safe, take the following steps to file an insurance claim: 1. Inspect the Damage Take photographs of any damage that has occurred to your roof, siding, windows, downspouts, etc. You can...

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What Should You Do If Your Fire Claim Was Denied?

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The insurance claims process can be complicated and frustrating. Fire claims are especially daunting, since you are dealing with a significant emotional toll while trying to objectively document physical losses. When dealing with such a situation, the last thing you need is to have your claim denied. While there are certain instances when a fire claim can be legitimately denied, there are plenty of times when a claim was mishandled or unfairly rejected. If you feel your claim denial was unjustified, there are several steps you can take.  Read the Denial Letter The first thing you will want to do is review the formal...

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Understanding Bad Faith Insurance Claims

Policyholders pay insurance premiums under the impression that they will be reasonably assisted in the event they need to file a claim. They expect adequate coverage to pay for damages, and they assume they will be protected from any claims made against them by other individuals. In most cases, this is true. Insurance companies act in good faith, making reasonable pay-outs and negotiating in their policyholders best interests. Unfortunately, the opposite also happens. An insurance company may deny a claim without just cause, fail to communicate important matters, or offer a settlement that is far too low.  What is a Bad Faith...

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